Wednesday, March 21, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY.... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

FORMER WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN WILLIAMS IS IN FEDERAL CUSTODY AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PROBATION.

AS WE REPORTED LAST YEAR - WILLIAMS FACES FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES... CONNECTED TO HIS ROLE IN AUTO PURCHASES BY THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS.
HERE HE IS LEAVING THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE LAST YEAR WITH HS WIFE....ELNA.

TODAY....WILLIAMS ENTERED THE U-S DISTRICT COURT IN MACON...IN SHACKLES AND HANDCUFFS.
HE'S ACCUSED OF VIOLATING HIS PROBATION... BY LEAVING THE STATE WITHOUT PERMISSION LAST MONTH.
PROSECUTOR TAMARA JARRETT SAID WILLIAMS DROVE TO SAINT AUGUSTINE FLORIDA TO BAIL A WOMAN NAMED *STORMY SMITH*.. OUT OF JAIL.
SHE SAID WILLIAMS IS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH THE WOMAN.
FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE CHARLES WEIGLE ORDERED WILLIAMS HELD... ON 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
JARRETT SAID PROSECUTORS ALSO BELIEVE WILLIAMS IS HIDING ASSETS.
HE SAYS HE DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR A LAWYER... BUT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY HE OWNS FOUR RENTAL PROPERTIES.

WEIGLE SAID....QUOTE...."THERE ARE A LOT OF MATTERS I FIND DUBIOUS AND STRANGE IN THIS CASE."
THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT WILLIAMS WAS NOT TAKING THE FEDERAL CASE SERIOUSLY.....SAYING HE'S ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PROBATION FOR AT LEAST THE SECOND TIME.

HE TOLD WILLIAMS...."THIS IS A U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NOT A PLAYGROUND."

WILLIAMS' WIFE TESTIFIED THAT STORMY SMITH IS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF FAMILY FRIENDS.
PROSECUTORS DID NOT SAY WHY SHE WAS JAILED IN FLORIDA.

MURDER SUSPECT... PAMELA MOSS IS BACK IN JONES COUNTY.... AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM A HOSPITAL EARLIER TODAY.

SHERIFF BUTCH REECE SAYS MOSS ARRIVED AT THE JONES COUNTY JAIL JUST AFTER 5-30.
MOSS WAS RELEASED FROM A WAYNE COUNTY HOSPITAL... AFTER APPARENTLY OVERDOSING ON PRESCRIPTION PILLS MONDAY NIGHT.
SHE IS ACCUSED OF KILLING A HENRY COUNTY BUSINESSMAN LAST WEEK... AT HER HOME IN THE RIVER NORTH COMMUNITY.
TODAY....INVESTIGATORS CONFIRMED THE BODY FOUND BEHIND MOSS' HOME SUNDAY NIGHT IS THAT OF DOUG COKER..
REECE SAYS INVESTIGATORS USED COKER'S MEDICAL RECORDS TO CONFIRM THE BODY WAS COKER.

SHERIFF REECE SAY MOSS BOUGHT BLEACH AROUND THE TIME OF COKER'S DEATH... HE SAYS POLICE FOUND RECEIPTS IN HER HOME AND SAYS SHE LEFT THE NATURAL GAS ON INSIDE HER HOME FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
REECE SUSPECTS SHE WAS HOPING TO CAUSE AN EXPLOSION.... THAT WOULD COVER UP EVIDENCE.

THE MACON MALL WILL LOSE ANOTHER OF IT'S DEPARTMENT STORES THIS FALL.
A COMPANY NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE BELK STORE AT THE MALL WILL CLOSE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE RELEASE SAYS THE COMPANY WILL FOCUS ITS ENERGIES ON THEIR NEWER MACON STORE AT RIVER CROSSING.
BELK SAYS THE CLEARANCE SALES WILL BEGIN IN JULY... AND THE MALL STORE WILL CLOSE IN OCTOBER.

Gladys Gibson, Macon: 02:14 I'll have to go all the way across town. I have to go way out to Riverside Drive to find a Belks store and I just don't want to travel that far with the gas prices and all. I just don't want to go to there for, to shop at a Belks.

ACCORDING TO THE NEWS RELEASE.. THERE HAS BEEN A BELK IN MACON SINCE 1942.
ITS HAS BEEN AT THE MACON MALL SINCE 1976.

A WARNER ROBINS HOTEL CAUGHT FIRE ON THANKSGIVING DAY...BUT SOME PEOPLE SAY...THEY'RE STILL FEELING THE BURN.

NEARLY FOUR MONTHS LATER...THE LA QUINTA INN STANDS IN RUINS BEHIND A GATED FENCE.
OWNER OF NINA BELLE'S TREATS...CHARLES NITTERRIGHT... WAITED FOR TWO HOURS TO GET PAST THE LOCKS.
HE WAS TRYING TO RETRIEVE TWO OF HIS VENDING MACHINES... THAT WERE DAMAGED IN THE FIRE.
FORMER MAINTENANCE SUPERVISER....JESSIE KIDD...SAYS IT TOOK HIM EIGHT TO TEN WEEKS TO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT.

I even called the owner a couple of times questioning him about the pay from the insurance company, covering us for part of that time we were off. byt that never did happen.

KIDD SAYS HE'S OWED ABOUT 18 HUNDRED DOLLARS.
DAVE COLMANS... WITH THE GEORGIA INSURANCE INFORMATION SERVICE... SAYS THERE IS NO STATE LAW IN THE INSURANCE CODE THAT REQUIRES A HOTEL TO HAVE INSURANCE.
HE SAYS PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE HOME OR RENTERS INSURANCE TO BE COVERED IN CASE OF TRAGEDY.

MERCER BEARS CONTINUING DOWN THE TOURANMENT TRAIL TONIGHT - THE BEARS PLAYING IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA IN THE QUARTERFINALS OF THE COLLEGEINSIDERS DOT COM TOURNAMENT..

BEARS BATTLING OLD DOMINION..

JUSTIN CECIL THREE POINTER..

CECIL ANOTEHR THREE - THE ONLY SENIOR ON THE TEAM AGAIN LEADING THE WAY WITH 22 POINTS..

NOW IT'S BUD THOMAS FINDING DANEIL COURSEY FOR THE SLAM..

THE BEARS ARE STILL DANCING..

THEY BEAT ODU 79-73 TO MOVE INTO THE TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS WHERE THEY'LL MEET FAIRFIELD..

WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THE BIG WIN AND HOPEFULLY TALK LIVE WITH COACH BOB HOFFMAN A LITTLE LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST..

ben gives three day forecast

THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

A CENTRAL GEORIGA USED BOOKSTORE MADE A BIG ANNOUCEMENT TODAY.
THEY'RE PLANNING TO GO NATIONAL.... WE'LL TELL YOU WHO IT IS.
PLUS... A MACON SITE CONTAMINATED WITH METAL CLEANER COULD SOON BE ON THE NATIONAL PRIORITY LIST.
HEAR WHY A LOCAL OFFICIAL SAYS IT COULD BE A WIN THE ECONOMY.

 

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO MAKE A CONTAMINATED PLOT OF LAND IN SOUTH MACON ELIGIBLE FOR CLEAN UP.
THE E-P-A IS WORKING TO PUT ALLIED INDUSTRIAL PARK OFF GUY PAINE ROAD ON THE NATIONAL PRIOROTY LIST.
THAT WOULD START A YEARS-LONG PROCESS TO REMOVE HARMFUL CHEMICALS FORM THE SOIL AND GROUND WATER.
E-P-A OFFICIALS SAY THE SITE IS CONTAMINATED WITH A METAL CLEANER FROM WEAPONS AND CAR MANUFACTURING THAT LASTED AT LEAST 50 YEARS.
THE MACON-BIBB INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY NOW OWNS THE PARK... AND THE BOARD CHAIRMAN CLIFFARD WHITBY SAYS... GETTING THE SITE CLEANED UP WOULD BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL... AND AN ECONOMIC WIN.

"when you're talking about new prospects coming in that wanna dig and wanna bring new investment in generally shy away form this type of site with this type of environmental issues."

ALLIED INDUSTRIAL PARK WOULD BE THE SECOND SITE IN MACON ON THE NATIONAL PRIORITY LIST.
THE ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES PLANT... NEXT TO ALLIED INDUSTRIAL... MADE THE LIST LAST YEAR.

A CENTRAL GEORIGA USED BOOKSTORE PLANS TO SELL LOCATIONS ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS.. GOTTWALS BOOKS HIRED A CALIFORNIA BASED FIRM TO COMPLETE THE FRANCHISING PROCESS.
CLIENTS WHO FRANCHISE GOTTWAL BOOKS CAN PURCHASE FULL RIGHTS TO THEIR OWN BOOKSTORE.
THE FAMILY OWNED STORE FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS IN 2007 IN WARNER ROBINS.
IT HAS SINCED OPENED LOCATIONS IN BYRON.. MACON.. AND PERRY.

OVER A HUNDRED JAVA JOBS ARE COMING TO GEORGIA.. THANKS TO STARBUCKS..

THE COFFEE GIANT IS BUILDING A NEW PLANT IN AUGUSTA.. SET TO OPEN IN EARLY 20-14.
CONSTRUCTION ON THE PLANT WILL BEGIN SOON.. AND CREATE IMMEDIATE JOBS.
THE PLANT WILL MAKE STARBUCKS' VIA INSTANT COFFEE AND INGREDIENTS FOR FRAPPUCINOS SOLD AT STARBUCKS STORES AND GROCERY STORES.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES JUST AHEAD OF THE COMPANY'S ANNUAL MEETING IN SEATTLE.

AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES.

 

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

LETTERMAN'S NEXT - HIS GUESTS INCLUDE JOSH HUTCHERSON FROM THE MOVIE THE HUNGER GAMES WHICH OPPENS THIS WEEKEND..

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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